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Starter Guide to Bead Roller Tooling: What Every Shop Needs

Bead rollers are among our most popular machines. When you buy a bead roller from Baileigh Industrial, you have many tooling options to choose from. While we pride ourselves on offering a wide selection of tooling, we realize that all those sets may be confusing if you’re just starting out with a bead roller. “What…

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Bead rollers are among our most popular machines. When you buy a bead roller from Baileigh Industrial, you have many tooling options to choose from. While we pride ourselves on offering a wide selection of tooling, we realize that all those sets may be confusing if you’re just starting out with a bead roller.

“What tooling should I buy to cover my bases for most projects?” is one of the most common questions that our customer service reps get. Baileigh product trainer Eric Breske recommends the following 6 bead roller tooling sets as shop staples.

¼”, ⅜”, and ½” Round Beads

These widely used roll sets will let you create simple round profiles in 3 different sizes. Remember: a ¼” bead will be ¼” wide, not ¼” deep. For round and square bead tooling, the number indicates the horizontal, not vertical, dimension of the tooling.

½” Flat Bead

A flat bead, also known as a square bead, creates a square track in sheet metal. It’s essentially the same thing as a round bead, only with a square shape.

⅛” or ¼” Step Roll

This type of bead roller die creates 2 different levels in a panel, separated by a step. The key measurement of a step roll indicates depth not width, unlike round rolls. In other words, a ¼” step roll makes a ¼”-deep step in the material. We recommend the ¼” step roll for our 18-series bead rollers and the ⅛” step roll for our 16-series bead roller models.

Art Set

This type of tooling allows you to make light marks on metal. You could potentially buff out the indent made by an art set without ruining a panel. An art set is perfect for intricate, challenging designs. You don’t want to lose all your work if you accidentally make a wrong turn.

“Something like that would be the norm to start with,” says Breske, “to get yourself going with the profiles that should do 75% of what you’ll ever want to do, unless it’s something really specific.”

In addition to those must-have sets, Breske mentions 2 popular but more specific types of roll sets that shops should consider buying.

Tipping Roll
These rolls are perfect for light embossing work. You can make a sharp indent before you come through with another, heavier profile. In other words, a tipping roll can score material so you don’t run off your line. Though similar to an art set in purpose, the shape is different. A tipping roll has a round top roll, shaped like a fabric cutting wheel or a pizza cutter, and a flat bottom roll.

Hem Roll Set
This series of 3 rolls (sold separately), used in the right order, enables you to fold material 180° onto itself. You’ll end up with a rounded, smooth edge.

Bead Roller Tooling Materials: Steel vs. Nylon

Most of our bead roll sets are made of steel for strength. These rolls will work for the majority of projects. However, some clients working with stainless steel as a material, especially for food-grade or medical applications, require nylon rolls. We offer nylon rolls in a number of popular profiles.

Do you have questions about our roll sets or bead rollers? We’re happy to answer them! Give us a call at 1-920-684-4990 and talk to a Baileigh expert.

Source: https://blog.baileigh.com/starter-guide-to-bead-roller-tooling/

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Member Masterclass: How to get your images in front of journalists

Marcus Austin from PRShots gives his advice on the types of images the press look for. Plus, how to upload your images to PRShots as a Make it British member PRShots is a platform that puts images in front of tens of thousands of journalists globally. Already supplying images from the big-name brands such as Marks…

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Marcus Austin from PRShots gives his advice on the types of images the press look for.
Plus, how to upload your images to PRShots as a Make it British member

Marcus Austin PRShots Masterclass

PRShots is a platform that puts images in front of tens of thousands of journalists globally.

Already supplying images from the big-name brands such as Marks and Spencers, Next, Very and Urban Outfitters to the press, PRShots are looking to expand their offering by including small businesses that have a focus on sustainability and being made in the UK.

Marcus Austin PR Shots Member Call Platform

In this masterclass, Marcus gives advice on how to get your images seen by journalists, as well as explaining how the platform can help your business gain valuable press coverage.

Discover:

  • The types of images journalists look for
  • How to prepare your images so they are more likely to be picked by the press
  • Upcoming trends that the press are looking to feature
  • PLUS lots more…
Marcus Austin PR Shots Member Meet-up

All Make it British members can add up to 10 images of their products to PRShots for free.

The images will also be featured in the Make it British Media Centre and in a special feature on Made in UK Day.

Email the Make it British team for details on how to add your images to PRShots.

Want access to this masterclass?

Become a Make it British member here.
When you join you get access to all previous recordings so you can catch up on anything you missed – including Marcus’s talk on press photography.

Member meet-up

Source: https://makeitbritish.co.uk/member-news/member-masterclass-how-to-get-your-images-in-front-of-journalists/

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Supporting Maker Education through the Infy Maker Awards

As a result of COVID19, this past year has presented a magnitude of challenges to learning and education that has not been seen before. The sudden flip to a remote or hybrid model has made learning more difficult for some and nearly impossible for others, particularly those in low-income communities […]

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As a result of COVID19, this past year has presented a magnitude of challenges to learning and education that has not been seen before. The sudden flip to a remote or hybrid model has made learning more difficult for some and nearly impossible for others, particularly those in low-income communities and communities of color.

I’ve seen this first hand in engaging with educators, students, parents and other caregivers who are doing their best to support the young people in their lives with opportunities to learn in ways that are hands-on and personally meaningful- expanding maker education is one significant way to do this.

Over the past few years, I’ve served as a Senior Program Fellow at Infosys Foundation USA, which supports maker and computer science education. Every year the Foundation hosts the Infy Maker Awards, which provides $10,000 grants and professional development support to schools and youth-serving organizations engaging students in making.

Students making at Sanger SAM Academy’s Community Science Workshop

We’ve had some incredible winners over the years, who are making a real impact in their communities, including SAM Academy, which has distributed more than 4,500 STEM kits in CA’s Central Valley and the Elementary Institute of Science, which runs the only drone pilot certification program specifically for young women in the U.S.

The deadline for applications for this year’s Infy Maker Awards is this Tues. March 2nd at 5 p.m. PT and the application is really simple. This year’s theme is focused on empowering students to engage in maker education remotely. If your organization is a good fit, I encourage you to apply!

Source: https://makezine.com/2021/02/26/supporting-maker-education-through-the-infy-maker-awards/

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Secret Life of Machines’ Tim Hunkin Is Back With New Web Series

Tim Hunkin holds an oversized cross section of a two-pronged electrical plugThe Secret Life of Machines alum Tim Hunkin is set to unveil a new web series focusing on explaining basic components, called The Secret Life of Components.

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The Secret Life of Machines alum Tim Hunkin is set to unveil a new web series focusing on explaining basic components, called The Secret Life of Components. Each roughly 45 minute episode will focus on a different technology, from glue to switches to bearings and more.

Hunkin says, “I now learn a lot from watching practical YouTube videos and realize they can teach the sort of informal tips that used to be part of traditional apprenticeships.”

Part of what made The Secret Life of Machines so compelling was the way that Hunkin, like many great teachers, combined his engineering knowledge with strong storytelling. It’ll be exciting to see what he has in store for the new series.

The Secret Life of Components debuts March 3 on Hunkin’s YouTube channel.

Source: https://makezine.com/2021/02/26/secret-life-of-machines-tim-hunkin-is-back-with-new-web-series/

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